Strengthening Families in Baltimore City: Lessons from Molly McGrath Tierney.
Published: September 2015
ABA Child Law Practice
Vol. 34, No. 9 , p. 138-139
ABA Center on Children and the Law
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This article highlights the strategies used by Baltimore, Maryland’s Department of Social Services to reduce the number of children in the child welfare system from July 2007 (6,725) to March 2015 (1,986). Strategies included preventing kids from entering care by resetting how decisions are made on removing children from families, focusing on family reunification and not moving the finish line, finding relative and kin caregivers, and speeding adoptions. Tips are given for implementing the Baltimore approach.
Maryland; foster children; organizational change; child welfare reform; decision making; kinship care; Removing child from home; family reunification; foster care drift